Women's Suffrage the nineteenth ADMENDMENT

Reflect: Wednesday of this week, March 9th, was International Women's day. Today women are able to vote, work alongside men, and more. Was this always the case? Have women always been able to vote?

19th Century women existed to take care of the home. Women were expected to cook, clean, take care of the children, and serve their husbands. All of this made up the women's sphere.

During the Progressive Era, female reformers began to argue that women belong in the public sphere and started pushing for reform.

The Seneca Falls Convention of 1948 marked the start of an organized women's right movement in the United States. After, the Civil War, Susan B. Anthony (left) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. The group pushed for the constitutional admendment to give women the right to vote.

The Suffrage Movement did not always get lots of attention, and was a long battle for woman.

Lesson Activity: Click on the Suffrage Movement Facts button and read about Woman's suffrage. With your group fill out the time line that is at each of your table. Each date will go with a significant event of the suffrage movement.


On June 4, 1919, the United States Senate approved the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the needed 36th state to ratify the amendment.

Importance: The Progressives' desire for reform did not include a strong interest in women's rights. Women activists struggled for equality without significant help from the Progressives. During the era, women finally won the right to vote. They also made other advances. Even so, women knew they had a long way to go before reaching full equality.

For many women, the Nineteenth Amendment was a final victory. Others saw it as just one step on the road to full equality. Today, Americans still debate issues involving the roles of women in society, government, the family, and the workplace.

International Women's Day: Let's learn more about International Women's Day. Click on both buttons below and learn about it's History and the International Women's Day of 2017. Explore the websites and share some interesting facts with your group.

In this lesson we learned that women's suffrage was a long battle resulting in the Nineteenth Amendment. Today people are still celebrating women's achievements and advocating for a continuing growth and support for women's rights. For the remaining couple of minutes, we will watch a funny Women's Suffrage Parody made to Lady Gaga's Bad Romance song.
NEXT CLASS: Next class we will discuss the Struggles for Justice in the Progressive Era.
Created By
Brittany Rouse


Created with images by elycefeliz - "Olympia Brown" Women’s suffrage: Their Rights and Nothing Less http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/women-rights/blue.html 19th Amendment-Women’s History - http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/19th-amendment Women in the Progressive Era- https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/progressiveera/introwomenprogressive.html Elizabeth Cady Stanton Biography http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/elizabeth-cady-stanton-1319.php Women’s Suffrage in the 20th Century - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWQKYmg_0R0 Cariboo to Celebrate International Women’s Day- http://www.mycariboonow.com/2543/cariboo-to-celebrate-international-womens-day/ Photos: A look at International Women’s Day - http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/photo-essay-international-womens-day/

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